Snow and Ice Inquiry Revisited

Today was a day of light rain, a little freezing rain, a brief moment of snow and then nothing. One student asked, “why is it so dark today?” Other students began throwing the ‘snow’ up in the air. The item they were throwing didn’t look like the regular snow we have encountered this year. I brought some bins of the crystals inside to investigate.
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The students made some discoveries.
“It melts in my hand.”
“oh, our hands are warm inside, so it melts the ice.”
“This is very dirty.”
“The shape of his snow is different.”
“These are round crystals”
“It is melting faster than the big bin of snow we had in our last.” (In February, we had learned that packed snow lasts a long time in a big bin in the room. It is dense and it slowly melted.)

Tonight you might want to go outdoors and gather some ice and snow samples and compare them as a family.

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About mrsharrisonlsps

I'm a Kindergarten teacher who is running a Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Discovery Educator Star.
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